Drink Forests

Wild Spring Nettle Lemonade

Ingredients

Freshly picked spring Nettles Filtered Water Citric Acid Unrefined / golden sugar


Equipment

Big collinder Big pan – 50 litres +(if you want to sell some) Big spoon / stirrer Baskets / buckets to pick nettles into


This is the most delicous, naturally red cordial that you can make from just 3 ingredients and spring water.

It is also the most economically sound soft drink we have ever made, costing only about 20p a litre to make with organic sugar and filtered water.

To make the most of the annual Nettle abundance – simply pick as many young nettles as you can – remove any woody stalk and then weigh them.

The formula for this one is approximately –

1 Nettles : 1 unrefined Sugar : 1 Water

“When the nettle is young, the leaves make excellent greens; when it grows old it has filaments and fibers like hemp and flax. Cloth made from the nettle is as good as that made from hemp. Chopped up, the nettle is good for poultry; pounded, it is good for horned cattle. The seed of the nettle mixed with the fodder of animals gives a luster to their skin; the root, mixed with salt, produces a beautiful yellow dye. It makes, however, excellent hay, as it can be cut twice in a season. And what does the nettle need? very little soil, no care, no culture; except that the seeds fall as fast as they ripen, and it is difficult to gather them; that is all. If we would take a little pains, the nettle would be useful; we neglect it, and it becomes harmful. Then we kill it. How much men are like the nettle! My friends, remember this, that there are no weeds, and no worthless men, there are only bad farmers.”
Victor Hugo

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